International Business Management (Post-Degree Diploma)

Domestic Applications Available

Winter 2024: Currently accepting applications

Summer 2024: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2024: Applications open on October 2, 2023

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


The Post-Degree Diploma in International Business Management teaches you about importing and exporting, market research to develop market entry strategies, supply chain management, managing in international environments, and legal and financial aspects of international trade business.  

Two ways to get a practical education 

Get essential career training that will prepare you for your future career with the Career Boost Program. 

Complete projects in the modern workplace with the  Business Internship Program.

Get one-of-a-kind training 

The International Business Management program is the only one of its kind in Canada to be offered in partnership with the Forum for International Trade and Training (FITT) program, a not-for-profit organization offering international business resources, training programs and certifications for global trade professionals. 

All students in the post-degree diploma will be automatically enrolled in the FITT program and receive an industry recognized FITT Diploma in International Trade upon completion of all requirements. Once you complete a year of work experience in international trade, you may also apply for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.  

Please note that you must have a bachelor's degree in order to take this program. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.

Note: It is recommended that students have a minimum grade of 60% (grade C) on average in their undergraduate degree.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • In good academic standing
  • 70% (21 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • Time limit to complete the program graduation requirements: four (4) years. Any courses completed outside of that time limit will not be usable. Students may seek the permission of the Department/Program to complete a credential outside the approved time limits.
  • Courses used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements. However, additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits.  See Note 5 for details about replacement courses.

Course Requirements:

Course Code Course Title Credits
Select one of the following two options: (See Notes 1-2)

BUSN 1200

Fundamentals of Business


ECON 1103
Globalization And The World Economy


Select one of the following two options: (See Notes 3)
CSIS 1190
Excel for Business 3.00
FINC 1231
Business Mathematics 3.00
Required Courses:  
MARK 1120 (See Note 3) Introductory Marketing 3.00
BUSN 3100 Trade in the Global Marketplace 3.00
BLAW 3700 Fundamentals of International Trade Law 3.00
MARK 3300 International Marketing 3.00
BUSN 3200 Global Trade Finance 3.00
BUSN 3410 Global Supply Chain Management 3.00
BUSN 3500 Business Entry Strategies, International 3.00

Select one of the following two options:


MARK 4441 or

Marketing Research or


COBA 4885 (See Note 4)

Experiential Learning & Internship

Total Credits   30.00


1) The courses, above, have been listed in the recommended order for students to take them. To complete the program efficiently, students need to:

  • Make note of courses that are not offered every term to adjust their plans accordingly,
  • Take all pre-requisites prior to attempting to register for a given course, and
  • Understand which courses have additional minimum grade requirements in the prerequisites.
    • While C- is the normal minimum grade needed to be achieved in a pre-requisite course, some courses require higher grades in the pre-requisite course.
    • Students must know which courses require higher grades in the pre-requisite course so that they can achieve the necessary grade.
    • If students do not obtain the required grade in a pre-requisite course, students must retake the pre-requisite course to earn the grade required.

2) All students are required to take BUSN 1200 or ECON 1103 in their first semester of study. It is recommended that International students take BUSN 1200 to gain an understanding of the Canadian business environment.

3) Students with a non-business major in their undergraduate degree are required to take CSIS 1190 or FINC 1231, and MARK 1120 in their first semester of study. Students with a business major in their undergraduate degree who have taken Finance/Marketing/Business Math are strongly encouraged to take CSIS 1190 or FINC 1231, and MARK 1120. Students with a Major in Finance in their undergraduate degree can take 3.0 credits of 1000 to 4000-level electives instead of CSIS 1190 or FINC 1231. Students with a Major in Marketing in their undergraduate degree can take 3.0 credits of 1000 to 4000-level electives instead of MARK 1120. Affected students are advised to contact the Program Coordinator 3-4 weeks before priority registration for assistance with selecting electives and requesting pre-requisite waivers, if necessary. 

4) COBA 4885 (Experiential Learning and Internship) provides the opportunity for students to gain unpaid work experience and course credit. Students who would like to find out more about internship should send an email to the at the start of their program.

5) For replacement courses, students must:

  • Work within the requirement that, at least, 50% (15 credits) of the coursework in the post-degree diploma is at the 3000/4000 level;
  • Meet pre-requisites for the replacement courses (i.e., not expect pre-requisite overrides); and
  • Select from the following courses:
    • Any course from CBA (i.e., BUSN, ACCT, BLAW, COBA, CSIS, ECON, FINC, HOSP, or MARK) or
    • From outside CBA, the courses that are listed in the table below, or
    • A similar course, as approved by the Program Coordinator.

1000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

ANTH 1100

ANTH 1160

CMNS 1104

CMNS 1115

CMNS 1125

CMNS 1210

CMNS 1216

CMNS 1217

CMNS 1276

CRIM 1160

EAES 1201

ENGL 1102

ENGL 1130

GEOG 1130

GLGC 1101

HIST 1170

INST 1100

PHIL 1101

PHIL 1102

PHIL 1122

POLI 1102

POLI 1103

PSYC 1100

PSYC 1200

SOCI 1125

SOCI 1145

SOCI 1155

2000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

ANTH 2230

CMNS 2115

CMNS 2125

CMNS 2316

CMNS 2317

HIST 2270

SOCI 2225

SOSC 2140


3000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

CMNS 3103

CMNS 3200

CMNS 3316

CMNS 3400

CMNS 3700

HIST 3325

LGST 3320

LGST 3330

LGST 3350

SOSC 3140

SOSC 3141















Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

More Information

You will have to pay an additional mandatory fee of $425 (plus applicable taxes) to cover FITT eBooks, credit transfer and examination fees. Upon successful completion of the PDD in International Business Management program, you must mail a copy of your official transcript to FITT and pass the two FITT assessments selected by Douglas College. 

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Air Import Operations Assistant 
  • Assistant Development Executive 
  • Business & Industry Liaison 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Development Coordinator 
  • Canadian National Sales Representative 
  • Client Project Coordinator 
  • Financial Advisor 
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • Immigration Officer
  •  International Account Specialist 
  • International Development Officer 
  • Business Development Management 
  • Recruitment Officer 
  • Accounting Coordinator 
  • IT Risk Management